Best Ranked 4 RN
Programs in West Virginia

RN Programs in West Virginia

Ranked RN and BSN Programs in West Virginia

After evaluating 1,209 ADN, 794 BSN, 2,022 campus and 383 online RN programs, we ranked RN programs against criteria nurses found to be most valuabale. We spent $27,700 on this unique list that has helped more than 3,000 nurses apply to the right program for their career goals. Find NCLEX passing scores, tuition rates, nursing program accreidtation, institution accreditation and more. Expore our RN-ADN and RN-BSN rankings for West Virginia in the listings below.

There are fewer than 20,000 registered nurses in the state of West Virginia. According to a recent study, less than half of those registered nurses have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. There is a need, now more than ever, for bachelor’s-prepared nurses who are trained to lead and manage other nurses. Nursing schools across the state of West Virginia that offer online classes as well as traditional campus settings in addition to distance learning options. Nurses are encouraged to seek information from multiple schools to make the best decision possible.

[state_name] Best Ranked RN Programs in by RNCareers.org

Ranked Schools : 4

Evaluated Schools : 22

RN Programs in West Virginia

Because there is a push to educate West Virginia nurses to the baccalaureate level, it is easier to find RN programs or even BSN programs than it is to find LPN to RN programs.  However, there are some options available and the programs produce quality nurses.
See our methodology for ranking ADN and BSN programs.

RANKED 1

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.743194.86%

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

  • 13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, WV - 25403
  • (304) 260-4380

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is located in Martinsburg, West Virginia.  They offer an ASN degree option.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College originated over 40 years ago and was originally called Shepherd Community College.  It was renamed Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in 2006.

  • Campus: Martinsburg, WV
  • Net Price: $8,582.00
  • Enrollment: 5,020
  • Transfer Out Rate: 8.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 27.80%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 9.84%
  • Graduation Rate: 13.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,500.00
  • Median Payment: $99.19
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 2

Davis & Elkins College RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.265185.30%

Davis & Elkins College

  • 100 Campus Dr, Elkins, WV - 26241-3996
  • (304) 637-1900

Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, West Virginia.  They offer an ADN program.  Unique to a community college, they also offer an online RN to BSN program.   The online program can be completed in 12 months and students are kept with small cohorts so that they get to know their online peers.

  • Campus: Elkins, WV
  • Net Price: $18,244.00
  • Enrollment: 874
  • Transfer Out Rate: 10.30%
  • Loan Default Rate: 14.80%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 14.76%
  • Graduation Rate: 38.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $14,250.00
  • Median Payment: $148.79
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 3

ITT Technical Institute-Huntington RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 2.835156.70%

ITT Technical Institute-Huntington

  • 5183 US Route 60 Building 1 Ste40, Huntington, WV - 25705
  • (304) 733-8700

  • Campus: Huntington, WV
  • Net Price: $23,024.00
  • Enrollment: 263
  • Loan Default Rate: 22.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 4.16%
  • Graduation Rate: 25.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $23,217.00
  • Median Payment: $242.41
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 4

Salem International University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: 2.0935141.87%

Salem International University

  • 223 W Main St, Salem, WV - 26426
  • (304) 326-1109

  • Campus: Salem, WV
  • Net Price: $21,933.00
  • Enrollment: 441
  • Loan Default Rate: 27.60%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 34.95%
  • Graduation Rate: 7.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $14,250.00
  • Median Payment: $148.79
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Bluefield State College RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Bluefield State College

  • 219 Rock St, Bluefield, WV - 24701
  • (304) 327-4000

  • Campus: Bluefield, WV
  • Net Price: $11,227.00
  • Enrollment: 1,747
  • Transfer Out Rate: 17.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 26.80%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -7.17%
  • Graduation Rate: 17.70%
  • Median Borrowing: $13,950.00
  • Median Payment: $145.65
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED N/A

West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown

  • 148 Willey St, Morgantown, WV - 26505
  • (304) 296-8282

  • Campus: Morgantown, WV
  • Net Price: $18,044.00
  • Enrollment: 291
  • Loan Default Rate: 8.10%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 13.29%
  • Graduation Rate: 70.30%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,439.00
  • Median Payment: $98.55
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

University of Charleston RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

University of Charleston

  • 2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV - 25304
  • (304) 357-4800

University of Charleston is located in Charleston, West Virginia.  They have several undergraduate nursing options – an ADN degree, a BSN degree and an RN to BSN option.  The RN to BSN degree is completed online and can be finished in as little as 12 months.

  • Campus: Charleston, WV
  • Net Price: $18,114.00
  • Enrollment: 1,386
  • Transfer Out Rate: 34.50%
  • Loan Default Rate: 8.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 4.93%
  • Graduation Rate: 45.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,500.00
  • Median Payment: $99.19
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

  • 316 Eastern Drive, Moorefield, WV - 26836-0000
  • (304) 434-8000

  • Campus: Moorefield, WV
  • Net Price: $3,321.00
  • Enrollment: 867
  • Transfer Out Rate: 8.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 26.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -6.42%
  • Graduation Rate: 15.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,622.00
  • Median Payment: $79.58
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Fairmont State University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Fairmont State University

  • 1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV - 26554-2470
  • (304) 367-4000

  • Campus: Fairmont, WV
  • Net Price: $8,672.00
  • Enrollment: 3,966
  • Transfer Out Rate: 29.80%
  • Loan Default Rate: 17.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 1.95%
  • Graduation Rate: 34.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $15,148.00
  • Median Payment: $158.16
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED N/A

Marshall University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Marshall University

  • 1 John Marshall Dr, Huntington, WV - 25755
  • (800) 642-3463

Marshall University is located in Huntington, West Virginia.  They offer an ASN degree through a partnership with St. Mary’s School of Nursing and Marshall University.  They also offer a BSN degree, which is the largest BSN program within a university setting in the region.  They also offer an online RN to BSN option.

  • Campus: Huntington, WV
  • Net Price: $8,457.00
  • Enrollment: 9,756
  • Transfer Out Rate: 18.40%
  • Loan Default Rate: 15.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 8.12%
  • Graduation Rate: 44.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,000.00
  • Median Payment: $167.06
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

West Virginia University at Parkersburg RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

  • 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV - 26104
  • (304) 424-8000

  • Campus: Parkersburg, WV
  • Net Price: $9,098.00
  • Enrollment: 3,461
  • Transfer Out Rate: 15.90%
  • Loan Default Rate: 30.50%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 3.99%
  • Graduation Rate: 33.70%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,494.00
  • Median Payment: $88.69
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

  • Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay, WV - 25637
  • (304) 896-7098

  • Campus: Mount Gay, WV
  • Net Price: $3,905.00
  • Enrollment: 2,002
  • Transfer Out Rate: 11.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 24.20%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 280.60%
  • Graduation Rate: 8.70%
  • Median Borrowing: $4,644.00
  • Median Payment: $48.49
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

West Virginia Northern Community College RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

West Virginia Northern Community College

  • 1704 Market St., Wheeling, WV - 26003-3699
  • (304) 233-5900

  • Campus: Wheeling, WV
  • Net Price: $3,546.00
  • Enrollment: 2,086
  • Transfer Out Rate: 7.50%
  • Loan Default Rate: 36.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 3.87%
  • Graduation Rate: 11.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $6,436.00
  • Median Payment: $67.20
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College

  • 2001 Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston, WV - 25303
  • (304) 205-6600

  • Campus: South Charleston, WV
  • Net Price: $7,856.00
  • Enrollment: 1,573
  • Transfer Out Rate: 10.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 24.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -6.34%
  • Graduation Rate: 7.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $6,742.00
  • Median Payment: $70.39
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

West Virginia RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Candidates must complete a criminal background check before obtaining licensure. Candidates should schedule an appointment with L-1 Identity Solutions in order to meet this requirement. Scheduling can be completed online. The application fee is $51.50 and there is an additional $200 fee that is made payable to Pearson VUE, the company that hosts the NCLEX exam. There are two certifications that must be included with the application: someone who can attest to the good moral character of the candidate and one from the director or dean of the nursing program. A candidate may be issued a 90-day temporary permit after graduation but it will become invalidated if the is unsuccessful in passing the NCLEX exam on the first attempt. In this case, the candidate will need to reapply and pay additional fees. After two failed attempts, there will be additional requirements that will need to be met before obtaining authorization again.

RN License by Endorsement

Nurses who obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure by endorsement in the state of West Virginia after submitting fingerprints at a local law enforcement agency.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

In some cases nurses who completed a program outside of the United States will also be able to obtain licensure in West Virginia. Candidates will be required to submit certification by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools prior to applying to take the NCLEX exam through the Board. There is a $60 fee for the endorsement.

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Ranked Schools : 8

Evaluated Schools : 12

BSN Programs in West Virginia

The nursing programs in West Virginia are designed to help nurses build critical thinking, leadership, and working with a diverse population. Most of the programs can be completes within three semesters of full-time study. They can also be completed on a part-time schedule to meet the need of busy, working nurses. In order to enroll in a BSN program, nurses will need to submit a valid registered nurse license for West Virginia, and official transcript with a 2.5 GPA or higher, and completion of prerequisite courses.

RANKED 1

University of Charleston RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: 4.8175196.35%

University of Charleston

  • 2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV - 25304
  • (304) 357-4800

University of Charleston is located in Charleston, West Virginia.  They have several undergraduate nursing options – an ADN degree, a BSN degree and an RN to BSN option.  The RN to BSN degree is completed online and can be finished in as little as 12 months.

  • Campus: Charleston, WV
  • Net Price: $18,114.00
  • Enrollment: 1,386
  • Transfer Out Rate: 34.50%
  • Loan Default Rate: 8.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 4.93%
  • Graduation Rate: 45.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,500.00
  • Median Payment: $99.19
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 2

West Virginia University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.6015192.03%

West Virginia University

  • Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV - 26506-6201
  • (304) 293-0111

West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, West Virginia.  The cost of WVU is below the national average, at $7,992 per year for in-state tuition.  They offer a BSN degree; their degree requires that their students log 1,100 clinical hours, 950 of which must take place in an Academic Medical Center with Level I Trauma designation.  They also boast that their 2014 graduating class had a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.

  • Campus: Morgantown, WV
  • Net Price: $9,826.00
  • Enrollment: 22,757
  • Transfer Out Rate: 27.90%
  • Loan Default Rate: 10.50%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA, JRCERT
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 17.76%
  • Graduation Rate: 57.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $19,107.00
  • Median Payment: $199.50
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 3

Marshall University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: 4.501190.02%

Marshall University

  • 1 John Marshall Dr, Huntington, WV - 25755
  • (800) 642-3463

Marshall University is located in Huntington, West Virginia.  They offer an ASN degree through a partnership with St. Mary’s School of Nursing and Marshall University.  They also offer a BSN degree, which is the largest BSN program within a university setting in the region.  They also offer an online RN to BSN option.

  • Campus: Huntington, WV
  • Net Price: $8,457.00
  • Enrollment: 9,756
  • Transfer Out Rate: 18.40%
  • Loan Default Rate: 15.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 8.12%
  • Graduation Rate: 44.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,000.00
  • Median Payment: $167.06
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 4

Shepherd University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.1245182.49%

Shepherd University

  • 301 North King St, Shepherdstown, WV - 25443
  • (304) 876-5000

Shepherd University is located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  They offer a BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a DNP program.  The RN to BSN program is a hybrid program.  Their nursing department offers five simulation labs – acute care, critical care, mother-child, pediatrics and independent living.

  • Campus: Shepherdstown, WV
  • Net Price: $8,476.00
  • Enrollment: 3,990
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 11.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -16.44%
  • Graduation Rate: 37.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,436.00
  • Median Payment: $171.61
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED 5

Alderson Broaddus University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.027180.54%

Alderson Broaddus University

  • 101 College Hill Drive, Philippi, WV - 26416-2035
  • (304) 457-1700

Alderson Broaddus University is located in Philippi, West Virginia.  They offer a BSN program, an LPN to BSN program and an online RN to BSN program.  The LPN to BSN program can be completed in 36 months and students can take a course that readies them to be a school nurse.  The online RN to BSN program can be completed in 18 months.

  • Campus: Philippi, WV
  • Net Price: $16,551.00
  • Enrollment: 1,052
  • Loan Default Rate: 9.90%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 20.50%
  • Graduation Rate: 45.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,500.00
  • Median Payment: $99.19
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 6

Wheeling Jesuit University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 3.973179.46%

Wheeling Jesuit University

  • 316 Washington Ave, Wheeling, WV - 26003
  • (304) 243-2000

  • Campus: Wheeling, WV
  • Net Price: $18,050.00
  • Enrollment: 1,180
  • Transfer Out Rate: 12.50%
  • Loan Default Rate: 6.90%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: -0.12%
  • Graduation Rate: 53.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $15,080.00
  • Median Payment: $157.45
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 7

West Liberty University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 3.97179.40%

West Liberty University

  • 208 University Drive, West Liberty, WV - 26074
  • (304) 336-5000

  • Campus: West Liberty, WV
  • Net Price: $10,886.00
  • Enrollment: 2,660
  • Transfer Out Rate: 22.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 18.10%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 17.74%
  • Graduation Rate: 41.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $17,008.00
  • Median Payment: $177.58
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED 8

West Virginia Wesleyan College RN Programs in WV [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 3.953179.06%

West Virginia Wesleyan College

  • 59 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV - 26201-2994
  • (304) 473-8000

  • Campus: Buckhannon, WV
  • Net Price: $18,348.00
  • Enrollment: 1,367
  • Loan Default Rate: 11.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 12.63%
  • Graduation Rate: 60.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $17,000.00
  • Median Payment: $177.50
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

American Public University System RN Programs in WV [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

American Public University System

  • 111 W Congress St, Charles Town, WV - 25414
  • (877) 468-6268

  • Campus: Charles Town, WV
  • Net Price: $8,839.00
  • Enrollment: 43,964
  • Loan Default Rate: 13.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 0.65%
  • Graduation Rate: 38.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $3,563.00
  • Median Payment: $37.20
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED N/A

Bluefield State College RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Bluefield State College

  • 219 Rock St, Bluefield, WV - 24701
  • (304) 327-4000

  • Campus: Bluefield, WV
  • Net Price: $11,227.00
  • Enrollment: 1,747
  • Transfer Out Rate: 17.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 26.80%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -7.17%
  • Graduation Rate: 17.70%
  • Median Borrowing: $13,950.00
  • Median Payment: $145.65
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED N/A

Salem International University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Salem International University

  • 223 W Main St, Salem, WV - 26426
  • (304) 326-1109

  • Campus: Salem, WV
  • Net Price: $21,933.00
  • Enrollment: 441
  • Loan Default Rate: 27.60%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 34.95%
  • Graduation Rate: 7.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $14,250.00
  • Median Payment: $148.79
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Fairmont State University RN Programs in WV [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Fairmont State University

  • 1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV - 26554-2470
  • (304) 367-4000

  • Campus: Fairmont, WV
  • Net Price: $8,672.00
  • Enrollment: 3,966
  • Transfer Out Rate: 29.80%
  • Loan Default Rate: 17.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 1.95%
  • Graduation Rate: 34.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $15,148.00
  • Median Payment: $158.16
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

West Virginia RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exams

Candidates must complete a criminal background check before obtaining licensure. Candidates should schedule an appointment with L-1 Identity Solutions in order to meet this requirement. Scheduling can be completed online. The application fee is $51.50 and there is an additional $200 fee that is made payable to Pearson VUE, the company that hosts the NCLEX exam. There are two certifications that must be included with the application: someone who can attest to the good moral character of the candidate and one from the director or dean of the nursing program. A candidate may be issued a 90-day temporary permit after graduation but it will become invalidated if the is unsuccessful in passing the NCLEX exam on the first attempt. In this case, the candidate will need to reapply and pay additional fees. After two failed attempts, there will be additional requirements that will need to be met before obtaining authorization again.

RN License by Endorsement

Nurses who obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states will be able to obtain licensure by endorsement in the state of West Virginia after submitting fingerprints at a local law enforcement agency.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

In some cases nurses who completed a program outside of the United States will also be able to obtain licensure in West Virginia. Candidates will be required to submit certification by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools prior to applying to take the NCLEX exam through the Board. There is a $60 fee for the endorsement.

West Virginia Job Outlook

The demand for nurses could grow by 23% by the year 2020 which may create up to 4,000 new jobs. Nurses who have obtained a bachelor’s degree will find that they are well prepared to handle the constantly evolving industry. Nurses in West Virginia earn a median income level of $53,100. The specific wages are dependent on the education and experience level of the individual nurse. Baccalaureate-prepared nurses receive training in leadership and management, which prepares them for administrative positions within hospitals and nursing homes.

West Virginia Registered Nursing Salaries

The Charleston metropolitan area has the highest number of employed registered nurses along with the highest hourly wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Charleston, WV 4,350 $26.64 $54,850
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 4,280 $26.51 $54,320
Morgantown, WV 2,400 (8)- (8)-
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 1,780 $26.78 $53,940
Wheeling, WV-OH 1,600 $24.37 $49,610
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 2,870 $26.03 $53,210
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 2,840 $25.47 $52,430
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data

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